Daisy Flower History
In 1884 the gerbera daisy was discovered in South Africa by Scotsman Richard Jameson, however daisies are believed to be more than 4000 years old. In English history, the daisy was referred to as Day’s Eye, and this name was a reference to the way the flower opened and closed with the sun. The way the daisy followed the sun’s pattern led primitive medical men to believe that the daisy was a cure for eye troubles. Not only have daisies been thought to cure eye troubles, but apparently King Henry V111 ate daisies to cure his stomach ulcers. It has also been said that a cure for insanity was to drink crushed daisies doused in wine over a 15 day period. And it was the Assyrians who used daisies to turn grey hair dark again by mixing daisies with oil – hairdressers today might argue this method! Daisies have long been the flower associated with spring, and there is an expression that spring hasn’t arrived until you’ve set foot on 12 daisies!
In French, daisy means Marguerite and it interestingly comes from the Greek word meaning Pearl. Francis I called her sister Marguerite of Marguerites as she would use them as her device. According to Celtic legend, if children died at childbirth their spirits would sprinkle daisies on earth to cheer their grieving parents. Daisies have all positive connotations, and their meanings include, innocence, purity and beauty, and because of their dizzying array of bright colors they come in, they also mean cheerfulness. The Netherlands and Colombia are big producers of daisies today.